October 17th, 2007
02:03 PM ET
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Attorney general nominee pledges independence

Michael Mukasey prepares to testify before a Senate committee on his nomination for attorney general.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Attorney General-designate Michael Mukasey made it clear to senators Wednesday that he would be independent of the White House and would make legal decisions based "on facts and law, not by interests and motives."

Mukasey, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he would resign from office if ever faced with a presidential order he believed was unconstitutional.

He said he does not believe the president has legal authority to approve torture techniques for use on terror suspects, something former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales refused to say.

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  1. Manq, Los Angeles, CA

    Will anyone in government stand for the Constitution before we elect Dr. Paul?

    October 17, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. laurinda,ny

    Personally I wouldn't trust him. He has a very dishonest look about him which leads me to believe that he is not the right man for the job. I say kick him to the curb!

    October 17, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    While these appointments are proposed by the White House, it would be in the country's best interest if they were all legally obligated to remain independence from interference from the White House. They should not be "managed" as a member of the administration. But they should be subject to congressional oversight.

    Telling it like I see it,

    October 17, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. CJ, Catlettsburg, Ky

    Well, I see Michael Mukasey is talking the talk of justice, but can he be so BOLD as to face this administration head on and walk the walk which he so convincingly speaks of? If so, should he begin by filing charges against this administration for lying to the American people and invading a country under false pretenses, for illegal wiretapping on citizens of the US, for holding people against their will without charging them for anything all in the interest of national security while allowing thousands of illegal immigrants to remain in our country illegally crossing our unclosed borders and not abiding by our laws, for releasing classified information relating to someone in the CIA so as to blow a cover, for selling out our sovereignty as a great nation and jeopardizing our national security by supporting the Security and Prosperity Partnership to form a North American Union with Canada and Mexico accepting the AMERO as our monetary exchange, for undermining our sovereignty as a nation and jeopardizing our national security by supporting the Law of the Sea Treaty, and yes above all, let us not forget that he wishes immunity for all people in his administration should they ever be found guilty of any wrongdoing, and the list goes on and on? Oh dear, with all the injustices created by this administration, this man is looking at a 24/7 job. Does he really have the audacity to stand up to the very people who have recommended him or is he merely another performer in the George Bush Puppet Show?

    October 17, 2007 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Anyone, I repeat ANYONE that Bush recommends for the office of Attorney General must be a bad choice. The Attorney General is his firewall, determining the laws place and determining the next election for President, as Bush's attack dogs will likely go after the eventual nominee with bogus investigations, which is why Gonzo replaced key attorneys in several states, one of which with his own lap dog and protogue Tim Griffen, who at the time was under investigation for election fraud by the US attorney he replaced, David Iglasias.

    These guys are all rats through and through. I can't wait until Barack Obama gets in there and sweeps the whole mess out to sea for all to see.


    October 17, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. D. Endo, Honolulu HI

    He's talking the talk. Can he walk the walk. Let see if he's got the stones to actually stand up to this corrupt administration. His test is going to be whether he'd get some special prosecutors in place to investigate the true corruption in this administration. He needs to go after Gonzo, Cheney and the corporate puppeteers like Halliburton and Blackwater. I'll believe it when I see it.

    October 17, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |